My name is Dennis Price and I’m a Welshman who currently lives in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. I had a classical education at Monmouth in the 1970s and I had intended to study Egyptology afterwards, but as John Lennon remarked, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”
I’ve had a varied career primarily as a writer and as a performer, some of which I’ve described in my autobiographical A Tale of Sound & Fury. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I spent five years touring the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia on a mediaeval jousting tournament, while I’ve sung in rock bands and travelled extensively within the UK when I appeared as an actor in productions such as The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller, where I appeared intoning a black mass in mediaeval Latin alongside the late Christopher Reeve and The Crystal Maze, where I appeared as Lance, the Guard of the King’s Seal during the fifth series, and as the Aztec High Priest in series six.
From January 2000, I actively resumed my former interest in ‘ancient times’ by spending four years working for Wessex Archaeology on field excavations and as one of two people in the Media & Communications department, producing the quality magazine Insite and working with the international media to present archaeological discoveries to a global audience. After leaving Wessex Archaeology, I wrote extensively about monuments such as Stonehenge and Silbury Hill on my Eternal Idol site, which is temporarily offline.
I am also honoured to be a member of ICOMOS, with a particular interest in intangible cultural heritage.
My written investigations resulted in an enormous amount of favourable publicity in the worldwide media, then in 2009, I became the author of The Missing Years of Jesus, a book examining William Blake’s celebrated poem And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time? better known today as the words to our unofficial national anthem Jerusalem. The publication of this book in hardback, paperback, translation and on Kindle led to still more media coverage and to requests for interviews and personal appearances, such is the fascination with the idea that Christ once visited Britain during that period of eighteen years when he is inexplicably absent from the canonical Biblical accounts.
The photograph at the top of this page is of me standing next to the font in which the visionary genius William Blake was baptised, in St James’s Church, Piccadilly, when I was asked to speak about my book at this wonderful place in November 2010.
Thank you for the wonderful write up about Geoff Winship. I was not aware of his passing, and I sent him an email yesterday, Val told me. I was very moved, we went back 50 years, I used to make him carved leather stuff and the silver American saddle. The old bugger put me up on a big horse once and galloped me round a ring! He had such a special quality about him and will be sorely missed. It was so sad about Tessa too, and a lovely write up that was as well.
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Thank you very much for taking the time and the trouble to write in, while I’m naturally very pleased to learn that you liked what I had to say about both Geoff and Tessa, sad though it all was. This is a wild stab in the dark, but I’m wondering if I met you along with Geoff at a conference centre in Wembley at some point in the 1990s, when he had a stall promoting his show? I think I still have the pass somewhere here in my study, so I’ll try to find it, but thank you again for writing in and for sharing some of your memories.
Best wishes from
Dennis, it is now Feb 2016 and about time EI was back with us. So much has happened and I miss the site’s debate and illumination. Hope you are well, all the best, John
John, I don’t have the power or ability to restore Eternal Idol, so I’m afraid I cannot say whether or not it will return, although as and when I hear anything one way or the other, I will certainly announce it here.
I’m very glad you liked the site and in many ways, I miss it too, although I continue to write about Stonehenge-related matters in private, mainly, with the occasional post published here. Like you, I enjoyed the discussions, but one thing I certainly don’t miss at all is opening the site to read a comment that starts “What you’ve got to understand about Stonehenge is…..”[then insert dogmatic observation or non-sequitur of your choice]. Thankfully, others are having to endure this now, so for that reason alone, I’m enjoying some time away.
Other than that, I’m afraid I’m still not at my best, but it’s good to hear from you and thank you for your kind words.
Hi, really enjoying your book. One small thing. On p237 of my Kindle edition you say Anne was Joseph’s mother because she was Mary’s. I think you mean Anne would have been Joseph’s sister or similar, because he was Mary’s Uncle.
I lived in Iron Acton from 1962 to 1969 (I was born in 1956)The gravel in front of the house had flint and occasional lumps of Iron. I used to hunt for them. One day a flint broke open. To my astonishment a little plastic manikin shaped like an old man with a beard in robes, perfectly formed and about an inch long, came out. Have you heard of anything like this yourself?
For the last 12 years, on and off, I have been writing a book on patterns in traditional texts that have led me to a conclusion similar to yours. I’d like to get in touch if you would like. My email is below.
Dear Dennis, I have been in turmoil for years in my Christian walk, Love for GOD, and my painting, cast aside by some, which hurts me deeply, but I ALWAYS return to my LOVE for The Ancients,( Stonehenge) and others. My visions of these paintings have come to me, out of the Blue, so to speak, mostly after Praying for help with such matters. I have ALWAYS thought GOD/JESUS was at Stonehenge, in my mind I can see Him there. I have been painting since 1st grade, on a High school level, all other subjects I mostly failed in, but I do feel GOD has given me this talent of Painting for His Glory, so thank You for Your great work on these matters, I can’t believe I saw You standing by that Font, as I just finished a small (preliminary) painting, one of a series being called (Broken Vessels). This first one is named ( Remember The Sparrows) As the Sparrows are splashing around in an Ancient Font, in an Ancient Abbey, under the eyes of GOD. Strangely enough I showed this Painting yesterday, much explaining on my part, but that is common place for me. I wish I could go on, but perhaps You may never even get this, but thank You on Your hard work. Hope. Oh, by the way I am Scottish (Ulster Scott I’m told).
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Dear Dennis, Just found you via Gardiner’s World and The Missing Years of Jesus interview you did, and which I enjoyed. Your humility and ability to tell a story are greatly appreciated. Even more, all you have to say about Jesus missing years. I hope this forum is still open for comments.
Since I was 4 yrs old i.e. nearly 70 years ago I have been trying to get to somewhere I felt told me what I want to know and the truth about him.
If possible it would be nice to contact you direct to pass on a few things.
First though perhaps I can share in good faith some information in a book I read over thirty years ago. It Was Called ‘Harvest of Light’ which was more or less an autobiography. In it a lady tells of convalescing in Cornwall just after WW II and came across a short book by a clergyman (from Glastonbury?) called; Did Our Lord Come To Glastonbury (I think / or similar title).
This caused the lady to research places in the S W where there are Celtic Crosses. She created a map, which contrary to some people there were a lot more than in just Liskeard. They were scattered right around Cornwall in tin mining places, and, surprisingly, also in the Isle of Wight.
I lent the book to a friend who allowed someone else to read it but never returned it to me.
Another point; you mention — as others have done — Stonehenge was what Blake was referring to as the ‘dark satanic mills.’
Blake knew a lot more than he let on about. I am absolutely certain the DARK satanic mills i.e PLURAL was referring to the very dark ‘millS’ of the mines tin miners worked in. They were / are not pleasant places; In fact they are pretty intimidating. Cramped, wet, pretty, threatening and — like the Mendip potholes I have been in — are completely black if your light fails.Not to mention foul atmospheres.
There are other bits and pieces I have picked up since failing to be satisfied by an Easter picture show about the crucifiction when I was 4. On an esoteric level for example, the life changing vision I had at Stonehenge, and elsewhere. Being nearly bored through by the force of the leyline running smack through the middle of Glastonbury Abbey (running from St Michael’s Mount to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk).
There are other books I have read e.g. ‘Jesus The Man’ by Dr. Barabara Thierring. etc etc.
Hope to be in contact. Regards.
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Hi Dennis, I have been a Christian for 10 years and first read the missing years of Jesus about 8 years ago. However more recently I had a strong conviction to read the book again and with a greater understanding and knowledge of the bible I was able to jigsaw it all together.
I believe there are far more truths out there, which have been just lost through the ages or purposefully hidden by controlling religious / political leaders.
Many thanks for your hard work in putting the book together.
Thank you very much for taking the time and the trouble to write in to my site, Graham. It’s now nearly ten years since I started writing the book, so when I look at it again, I can see ways in which it could have been improved, but all things considered, I am still pleased with it. As I’ve written many times elsewhere, there came a time not long after I’d starting trying to investigate the matter of Jesus in Britain when I could find nothing and when I thought there was simply nothing to find. However, my patience was rewarded when it eventually dawned on me that the gospel of Matthew made it unmistakable clear that Joseph of Arimathea had built the tomb himself, then after that, more and more things began to make themselves known and to make sense, to me at least.
All these years later, I find it absolutely amazing that Jesus, the most famous person ever to have lived, is missing from the ages of 12 through to 30 or thereabouts in the Biblical accounts, but that there are so many strong indications that he spent at least some of this time in Britain. Why the established church isn’t throwing all its considerable resources into looking further into this matter is a complete mystery to me, so with this in mind, I’ve long been tempted to start writing another book on the subject.
Could Jesus have been in Cumbria ? The most popular definition for the name Isel is ISA’s flat land within the bend of the river . Cheers Dennis https://youtu.be/LKlJjwI4g4U
Have you ever read the book ” Anna , grand-mother of Jesus ” by Claire Heartsong
Please let me know what you think. I loved your book and your interview on you tube
Keep up the good work
Jacy from Canada
Thank you for taking the time and the trouble to write to me, and thank you also for your kind words. I must admit that I’d not heard of, let alone read, the book you mention, but I shall do what I can, when I can, to read it and to get back to you.
Otherwise, I’m very pleased that you liked my book and I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s now nearly ten years since I started physically writing it and while I’m critical of my own writing, I occasionally pick the book up and browse through it and I’m as pleased as I could reasonably be with it. If I had listened to Lizzie, the wonderful and insightful lady who edited the book, I’m sure it would have been better than it is, but I’m prepared to do better next time, if there is to be a follow-up.
I’m also glad that you liked the interview that you saw on YouTube, so when I’m fully recovered, I intend to do more of these, as information of one kind or another continues to come in, all these years after the book came out.
Thank you again and I wish you all good things.
Dennis from Wales.
Dear Mr. Price,
I just wanted to write to tell you how very much I enjoyed your book, The Missing Years of Jesus. Very well researched and so informative. I learned so much and was able to fill in many holes in my own research from over the years.
In 2019, before Covid hit, I visited the Glastonbury/Priddy area once again and know what you mean about there being a feeling in the air while you’re there. I would love to hear more about the area you mentioned at the very end of the book—“a place of almost supernatural peacefulness and tranquility.” If you prefer to keep this information off this site, feel free to write me at the email below. Or if you don’t want to give the location at all, I understand, but I have tromped all over this area and when I read your words, I felt as though perhaps we had been in the same place. Whether I hear from you or not, please accept my gratitude for your research and writings on these matters. I do hope you continue to write on them. Sincerely, Susan
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